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Berlin Review: Juliette Binoche & Vincent Lindon In Claire Denis’ ‘Both Sides Of The Blade’ (AKA ‘Fire’)

Juliette Binoche locations in a single other immense performance in Claire Denis’ drama Both Facets Of The Blade (aka Fire, and likewise aka Avec Amour Et Acharnement). The Berlin Movie Pageant competition title is an intimate sluggish-burner that fashions a credible scene, but doesn’t pretty ship on the mystery it guarantees. 

Binoche plays Sara, a radio presenter who has been with Jean (Vincent Lindon) for 10 years. They seem like very mighty in esteem. Incessantly, it’s printed that they met thru Sara’s ex-boyfriend François (Grégoire Colin), whom she without be conscious spots within the road in the end.

Consumed by solid feelings, Sara is insecure when François will get eager with Jean, suggesting they work together on a brand contemporary industry project. She turns into paranoid when the two men meet up — and increasingly extra perplexed when she in the end will get to tell with François.

The melodramatic discover makes use of broken-down thriller tropes to signify that one thing ominous would perhaps well honest happen, and that recommendation keeps the honour for a while. As ever, Denis is terribly reliable at creating tension and intrigue, allowing the target market to get rid of up clues about her characters, from Jean’s shady previous to Sara’s esteem lifestyles. So it’s pretty disappointing when the script, co-written with Christine Agnot, turns correct into a straightforward heterosexual esteem triangle story. 

The movie is most excellent for Binoche’s dedicated performance as a woman who is led by ardour, and looks to be to be in esteem with falling in esteem. Denis also tackles some topical points, from consent to racial politics, but the latter feels a runt self-conscious, as Sara interviews other folks about bustle for her radio point out and Jean tries to glue alongside with his teenage son Marcus (Issa Perica), whose mother is Sad.

There’s a minute feature for actor-director Mati Diop, whose breakout feature was once in Denis’ 35 Shots Of Rum — she’s a charming character, but it completely’s a minute feature in a subplot that appears like it belongs in a single other movie. The the same can be acknowledged of Bulle Ogier, who plays Jean’s mother Nelly, struggling to tackle Marcus, who lives with her. 

While Denis regulars Lindon and Colin each and each keep in very reliable performances, they suffer from the the same issue as nearly every person on this movie: they are within the extinguish pretty laborious to love, let on my own root for. Complex characters are one component, but a esteem triangle within the course of which you don’t care regarding the characters is one other. For the first hour, this appears like it would also be a Denis traditional, but it completely burns out long sooner than the credits roll.

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